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An all-electric ‘flying car’ take its first test flight in Germany

Today, Munich-based Lilium Aviation announced an important milestone: the first test flight of its all-electric, two-seater, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) prototype. ( Más...

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Jean P. 3
Germany has one the best car companies and their technology always fascinate me.
Eric Powell 2
Gotta love German engineering.. always pushing forward with technology.
Martin Haisman 1
Awesome concept and excellent lateral thinking.
Looks like a tiny scale model in the video. Note that there is never any person or object close to this machine while flying, so we can not judge the actual size.
Torsten Hoff 2
Provided all shots are of the same aircraft then there are clear indications it is full-scale. At the one minute mark you can see two people working on the aircraft, and the final moments showing the landing allow size comparisons relative to the taxiway.
Yes, I saw that also, but once the thing actually lifts off the people stand far away, and the size of the taxiway could also be doctored. Mind you, it could also be for real, I just would prefer better indications for the size.
Torsten Hoff 2
Lillium is working with and enjoying the backing of the European Space Agency, and I would imagine some of their staff would be on hand for this event. I can't imagine that Lillium would fake this event.
That's a very good argument Torsten, so it's probably legit.
linbb -1
Oh good they now have combined two things that never will do more than fleece the investors be it government or private.
Molt Taylor tried the flying car many many years ago it didn't work then and wont work now. That goes for a practical electric aircraft that will do much of anything.
ajagostini 1
I wonder how it would fly after being hit by a shopping cart at wal mart or rear ended at a stop light. I'm not sure the flying car concept really translates into the less than sterile off airport environment.
indy2001 1
Drivers have proven that they can't consistently manage 2-dimensional movement, and now we're talking 3 dimensions? I'm all for technological innovation, but this is just plain stupid. Throw away all the money you like on development, but I'm hoping the Jetsons are still decades away.
Highflyer1950 1
I agree somewhat, but you will need both a pilots licence if I read it correctly. More to the point, what would the insurance premium be on a dual air/ land vehicle? I can just picture granny/gramps or anyone for that matter giving it a bump and while you can usually drive away with a dented bumper.......dented wing, not so much! Interesting concept from day one and its evolution.
Highflyer1950 1
oops, should read both a pilots and drivers licence.


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